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I speak for the voiceless, says musician Mbewe

RETIRED SOLDIER—Mbewe (right) with General Kanene (centre) and PST

Musician Emmanuel Ghost Mbewe, said Monday that he uses music to speak for the voiceless.

He said some people have deemed him as an artist, who is obsessed with political songs.

“Music for me is like a tool for tackling issues I speak for the voiceless. My song ‘Asilikali Akuzunzika’ , talks about the challenges that soldiers face,” Mbewe said.

Calling himself True Soldier, Mbewe recently also released another song ‘Asilikali Ayiphula’ featuring Zambia’s controversial musician General Kanene in which he congratulated President Lazarus Chakwera for taking over the government.

Mbewe is currently in Lusaka, Zambia shooting a music video for the track. The retired soldier, who served the nation for close to 16 years, said he has always loved music and that his music dates way back.

Soldiers are suffering and when they go outside for peacekeeping missions, they are given poor allowances and this is what made me quit,” he said.

He released his debut album in 2005 when he was at Cobbe Barracks in Lilongwe.

“I am not new in the music industry. I started music when I was six years old. We had a family choir and by then my father was a church elder in Mchinji while my mother was a member of the Women’s guild,” Mbewe said.

Mbewe claimed that he received threats with the ‘Asilikali Akuzunzika’ such that he had to go into hiding from his home.

“To me this is just a song for soldiers. I am talking about the poor life they are living and nothing else. I have a duty to point out various ills,” the musician said.

He also said the ‘Asilikali Ayiphula’ track is all about welcoming the new government but also voicing out the same things for the government to solve soldiers’ challenges.

Mbewe has five albums to his credit and they include Nyadaufe, Mkwiyo wa Alimi, Njanjanja and Chitselekwete.

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